I recently had the pleasure to attend the 2013 ACUHO-I Conference and Exhibition in Minneapolis. With over 1,000 attendees and more than 150 vendors, it was well worth the time and money. With program sessions covering issues in residential life, facilities management, leadership development, staff training and many other focus areas, there was something for all attendees. The quality of the programs was excellent as was the venue. Kudos to the Program Committee for providing ACUHO-I members with an awesome developmental and networking experience.
One of the most positive elements of the annual conference is the ability to network with both housing professionals from around the world and with a myriad of service and product providers. ACUHO-I is all about relationships. Connections with each other and the sharing of ideas and solutions is one of the greatest outcomes of the annual conference. While exhibitors may not make a sale during the exposition, it allows them the opportunity to establish relationships with housing professionals who may, in the future, be making decisions about their products or services.
Student housing developers and management companies should strongly consider attending the conference to get a stronger understanding of the student housing market, the students that we serve, and the role that housing plays in student success.
Kudos also must go out the ACUHO-I Foundation. This year marked the 25th anniversary of this vital organization. The efforts of all who have served on the Foundation and those that volunteer their time help financially support a wide range of ACUHO-I activities including the STARS College; important research; the CHO Institute; and scholarships. The Foundation truly makes a difference to the membership and the profession. It should be noted that the Foundation raised in excess of $100,000 at the conference.
Every year I know there is one conference that I will attend, the annual ACUHO-I Conference and Exhibition. I hope you feel the same. I look forward to seeing you at next year’s conference in Washington DC.